Phoenix fire officials say a man was found dead and two others are in critical condition after a house fire early Tuesday morning.
The blaze broke out at the home near 16th Street and Roeser Road around 4:30 a.m.
Officials say a woman was pulled from the home in critical condition. A man was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Three children at the home were checked out as a precaution.
ABC15 crews on scene confirmed that another victim, a man, was found dead inside the home. Family that showed up on scene told officials a third adult lived in the home, so officials conducted a search and located the man's body. The deceased man has been identified by family members as Montayne Hullaby.
Family members said Shawn Hullaby and Tameka Monroe were the individuals taken to the hospital who remain in critical condition, they told ABC15.
Kizzy Stallings' 16-year-old son lives in the home.
"Around 4 or something he smelled smoke and grabbed his little brother and little sister and went to search the house but the smoke was too thick and his Dad had the water hose and was trying to put out the fire...His stepmom was looking for Montayne," Stalling said.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Police are working with Phoenix fire officials to conduct the investigation.
Foul play is not suspected at this time.
Robert Horne is a cousin of Montayne, who died in the fire.
"His laughter, he was always there, uh you know he would make good out of something bad," Horne said. "That was the type of person he was. That's how I'm going to remember him by, just a great guy.
The family has set up a GoFundMe to help pay for the man's funeral expenses.
Stay with ABC15 for updates.